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Baig: iPhone 3G ‘worth the wait,’ 3.75/4 stars

Contrasting with Wall Street Journal and NY Times reviews published today, USA Today’s Edward Baig offered almost universal praise for the iPhone 3G, awarding it 3.75 out of 4 stars and “an enthusiastic thumbs up.” In his review, Baig cites disappointment over the device’s inability to access AT&T’s 3G network “in parts of my northern New Jersey neighborhood and elsewhere,” but lauds each of its other features, stating that “the list of reasons the device doesn’t make sense for a certain class of users is shrinking fast.”

Singled out for special praise were Apple’s “improved overall audio quality” and addition of GPS to the device, which was accurate “as I drove along in my car, searched for nearby pizza places, and requested directions. Alas, the feature begs for the audible turn-by-turn directions found on Samsung’s Instinct and others.”

Baig also confirmed 3G speed improvements seen by other reviewers. “It generally took 10 to 30 seconds to load popular websites through 3G, a lot zippier than when I accessed the sites on Edge. Oddly, parts of the pages sometimes showed up first on the older iPhone screen. But pages always finished loading on the 3G device first, often by a half minute or more.”

Unlike The Wall Street Journal, which noted that battery life was a major issue, Baig suggested that the two devices were similar in performance. “I started receiving low battery warnings toward the end of a busy work day;” he said. “I found myself charging the device overnight, the same as with the older iPhone.” However, Baig cited battery charging issues, saying that he “couldn’t juice up the latest device using my Bose SoundDock or Belkin car kit. Apple says there will be adapters to permit charging with certain older accessories.” According to Baig, this issue was attributable to iPhone 3G’s lack of compatibility with FireWire charging devices; it remains to be seen whether the new device behaves differently from the original iPhone in this regard.

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I keep hearing about “improved audio quality” but have never seen a detailed qualification of what this means.  For example, what the wife and I hope for most in audio quality is the speakerphone to be much louder.  This is our main dislike of the current version iphone.

Posted by Keith Cannataro (mrhoni) in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 9, 2008 at 1:45 AM (CDT)


I was going to hold out for an iPhone 3G, but after taking a look at other carriers, I think I’m going to switch to Sprint for college. For $69.99, I get 450 mins plus unlimited everything else (nights/weekends, messaging, data, GPS, video, etc) unlike at&t, which offers a $39.99 450 min plan (5000 mins nights/weekends) + the iPhone data plan (unlimited data, GPS, etc but no messaging). Only thing I can see that would be handy would be the rollover minutes.

Posted by Nobody in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 9, 2008 at 9:13 AM (CDT)


My hope for improved audio quality, which is a large draw for me, would be better sounding speakers.  They’ve obviously redone the outside design, but does this make for better technology inside as well?

Posted by skadiwolf in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM (CDT)

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